## Tuesday, February 28, 2012

### Multiplication Grid Game

Are your kids learning multiplication?  We are in the beginning stages of learning it at our house.  We played a fun little game recently that helped teach the concept really well.

Supplies for this math game:
1 laminated sheet of graph paper, 1 pair of dice, and some dry-erase markers.

We each had a different color dry erase marker.  We rolled the pair of dice and marked out the area of what we rolled.  For example: If a 2 and a 4 are rolled, you would color in the area of 2x4.  You also have to solve the problem as you color it in.

We kept going until we ran out of room on our paper.  Then if you want to declare winners, see who covered in the most space, or you could have the first person who can't color in their roll be the loser.   (We had a third player join in half way through the game, that's why some pink showed up later!)

1. We've done a version of that game, but not as comprehensively as what you describe. I think that's a really great way to make it a real game -- to cover as much area as you can, and you can also see how the different areas interact with each other. Adding colors is always a bonus!

We also do tons of skip counting. My kid is in a weird place -- she's still learning her addition facts (first grade-ish skill) but also thinking multiplicatively. We've done some work deconstructing the 100's chart, but although I'd like to move on to finding patterns in the times tables, I'm holding off until her mental addition is really strong.

2. Sounds like tons of fun. I will have to use this when I substitute that grade level. Thanks

3. I love it! I am going to have to try this...mine is NOT getting multiplication! Thanks for linking up with Brag Time Thursday!

4. Oooh... this looks great. We're really into math games at our place and I need some new ones.

5. Nice differentiation ideas and even dealing with a late arrival to the game! Very nice.

6. I love this! Grid paper is so much fun!! I still remember when I learned my multiplication, and it really helped to have a physical, visual element to it! Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday!